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[kon-truh-vurt, kon-truh-vurt] /ˈkɒn trəˌvɜrt, ˌkɒn trəˈvɜrt/
verb (used with object)
to argue against; dispute; deny; oppose.
to argue about; debate; discuss.
Origin of controvert
1600-10; alteration of earlier controverse (< Latin contrōversus; see controversy) with -vert from advert1, convert, etc.
Related forms
controverter, controvertist, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
uncontroverted, adjective
uncontrovertedly, adverb
uncontrovertible, adjective
uncontrovertibly, adverb
Can be confused
contravene, controvert.
1. refute, rebut. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for controverted
  • It does not follow that opinions must be merely parroted because they are never heard controverted.
  • How far its authority extended, or of what persons it was composed, is much controverted.
  • There was the entail, again, which was much controverted.
  • Each claimant then employed an attorney who began to do legal work before the employer controverted the claim.
  • Because of the positive results, appellants controverted appellee's claim for benefits.
British Dictionary definitions for controverted


/ˈkɒntrəˌvɜːt; ˌkɒntrəˈvɜːt/
verb (transitive)
to deny, refute, or oppose (some argument or opinion)
to argue or wrangle about
Derived Forms
controverter, noun
controvertible, adjective
controvertibly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin contrōversus; see controversy
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Word Origin and History for controverted



c.1600, probably a back-formation from controversy. Related: Controverted; controverting; controvertible.

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